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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: November 15, 2013


For a complete schedule of College of Arts and Architecture events, including performances and exhibitions presented by our museum and performing arts units, visit the college's Web Events calendar at

Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

~ Archigram and Opera exhibition by Dennis Crompton, member of the architectural group Archigram, November 20-December 13, 2013, Rouse Gallery, Stuckeman Family Building. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

(Lectures and seminars are held in the Stuckeman Family Building Jury Space unless listed otherwise and are free and open to the public)
~ “Metropolis: A Solution to Civilization Stress on Environment?,” lecture by Luke Leung, director of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, Tuesday, November 19, 5:30 p.m., Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.  For more information, click here.
~ “Discontinuous Realities,” symposium, featuring Archigram, British avant-garde architectural group, Wednesday, November 20, 5:00 p.m. To learn more, click here.
~ “Roots, It’s All the Same,” symposium keynote lecture by Dennis Crompton, Wednesday, November 20, 6:00 p.m. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held after Crompton’s lecture.
~ Lecture by Michael Lejeune, creative director for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m., Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.  For more information, click here.

Department of Art History

No announcements for this week.

Borland Gallery

An exhibition featuring artistry by faculty and students from Studio|Lab will be on display in the Borland Gallery on the Penn State University Park campus, December 1-6, 2013. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Center for the Performing Arts

~ West Side Story, Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium
~ Dr. Lonnie Smith’s “In the Beginning” Octet, Thursday, November 21, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium

Go to for details about the music, theater and dance presentations.

Palmer Museum of Art

~ American Block and Burin: Wood Engravings from the Permanent Collection, continues through December 8, 2013
~ Recent Acquisitions, continues through December 15, 2013
~ Uncanny Congruencies, continues through December 15, 2013

The Art of Music (Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Musem of Art)
~ “Winter Melodies,” performed by Naomi Seidman, assistant professor of flute, and Jonathan Dexter, cello, Wednesday, November 20, 12:10 p.m.

The Art of Poetry (poetry readings held in the galleries)
~ “The Fairest of Them All” by Carolyn Turgeon (’94 Liberal Arts), novelist, Wednesday, December 4, 12:10 p.m.
Turgeon is the author of several novels, all of them based on classic fairy tales.

Gallery Talks (Unless otherwise noted, talks begin in the galleries, Palmer Museum of Art. A greeter will be available in the lobby to direct visitors to the appropriate gallery.)
~ “Recent Acquistions,” by Patrick McGrady, Charles V. Hallman Curator, Friday, November 22, 12:10 p.m.

Paper Views:
Held the last Friday of each month in the Print Study Room, Paper Views is a series of one-day exhibitions that highlight works on paper from the permanent collection.
~ Bookyness, selected by Henry Pisciotta, arts and architecture librarian, University Libraries, Friday, December 6, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Conversation with Pisciotta at 1:o0 p.m.

Palmer Museum of Art Holiday Art and Ornament Sale
Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art will host the 2013 Holiday Art and Ornament Sale on Saturday, December 7, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the museum. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Palmer Museum and will be used to extend the education outreach program, help acquire works of arts, and help ensure that the museum will remain a vital and free-admission resource for the community.

For more information on exhibitions and other events at the Palmer Museum, visit

School of Music


~Bandorama, Friday, November 15, 7:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium [Tickets required: $16 adult/$11 student]
Bandorama features the Symphonic Band, conducted by Dennis Glocke, and the Marching Blue Band, conducted by O. Richard Bundy, performing their season-in-review concert.
~ Penn State Opera Theatre Presents Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” Saturday, November 16, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I [Tickets required: $4.99 adult/$2 student] The opera will be performed in English.
Dialogues of the Carmelites is based on a play by Georges Bernanos. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a young noblewoman who becomes a nun, against the wishes of her father and brother.
~ Women’s Chorale, Sunday, November 17, 2:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall [Tickets required: $4.99 adult/$2 student]
The Women's Chorale will present its annual fall concert, featuring compositions by Mozart, Kodály and Brahms. The choir is conducted by Jayne Glocke and accompanied by Svetlana Rodionova. Cantate, a chamber choir of Women's Chorale members will also perform. Cantate is conducted by Penn State senior Andrew Roberts. For more information, click here.
~ Chamber Orchestra, Monday, November 18, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, [Tickets required: $4.99 adult/$2 student]
Conducted by Gerardo Edelstein, the Chamber Orchestra presents its final performance of the fall semester, including faculty saxophonist David Stambler playing Tableaux de Provence by female French composer Paule Maurice. To read the full story, click here.
~ Concert Choir, Tuesday, November 19, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall [Tickets required: $4.99 adult/$2 student]
The Penn State Concert Choir, directed by Christopher Kiver, will present its annual fall concert, featuring music by American, British, Italian and Latvian composers. To learn more, click here.
~ Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Thursday, November 21, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall [Tickets required: $4.99 adult/$2 student]
Penn State's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dennis Glocke, assisted by wind conducting master's student Eric Palmquis, will present works spanning the history of music in its annual fall concert. For more information, click here.
~ Cello Choir, Friday, November 22, 2:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
The Cello Choir, conducted by Kim Cook, will present the first suite of Bachianas Brasileiras by Heitor Villa-Lobos, work composed for “an orchestra of cellos.” For more information, click here.
~ Centre Dimensions, Tuesday, December 3, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall [Tickets required: $4.99 adult/$2 student]
Centre Dimensions, Penn State’s premier jazz ensemble, will perform music from the repertoire of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Thad Jones, and Phil Woods, as well as original compositions by director Dan Yoder.
~ Inner and Outer Dimensions, directed by Mac Himes, Thursday, December 5, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall

~ Student Recital: Emma Ripp, cello, Saturday, November 16, 5:00 p.m., University Baptist and Brethren Church
~ Student Recital: Jon Mountain, Sunday, November 17, 4:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I
~ Professional Performance Certificate Recital: Meagan Conley, trumpet, Monday, November 18, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Bach’s Lunch: Baroque Ensemble, Thursday, November 21, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Graduate Student Recital: Kevin Huhn, double bass, Friday, November 22, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Percussion II Recital, Monday, December 2, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Percussion I and Mallet Ensemble Recital, Monday, December 2, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Jazz Combos, Sunday, December 4, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Bach’s Lunch: Saxophone Ensembles, Thursday, December 5, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel
~ Student Recital: Lynne Perez-Blanco, voice, Thursday, December 5, 3:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Senior recital: Brian Sugrue, euphonium, Thursday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Graduate Woodwind Quintet Recital, Friday, December 6, 6:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Student Recital: Michael Marini, flute, Friday, December 6, 8:00 p.m., St. Andrews Episcopal Church
~ Student Recital: Lucas Klirsfeld, saxophone, Friday, December 6, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Student Recital: Joseph Borell, trombone, Saturday, December 7, 6:00 p.m., 128 Music Building II
~ Graduate Recital: Nicole Cusano, saxophone, Saturday, December 7, 6:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall

Bring the concert hall to you by experiencing performances via livestream! Click here.

School of Theatre

Penn State Centre Stage
Guys and Dolls, continues through November 20, 7:30 p.m., Playhouse Theatre

School of Visual Arts

~ Faculty Collections: School of Visual Arts Alumni Works, Robeson Gallery, HUB-Robeson Center, continues through December 1, 2013. To learn more, click here.

For more information on exhibitions and other events in the School of Visual Arts, visit

Zoller Gallery

~ Saturday School Children’s Artwork Exhibition, November 20-23. Public reception, Saturday, November 23, 11:00 a.m.

Institute for the Arts and Humanities

~ “Frackville, PA: Poems,” by Julia Spicher Kasdorf, professor of English and women’s studies, Monday, November 18, 11:45 a.m., 127 Moore Building. Lecture is part of the Resident Scholars and Artists Lecture Series.
~ “The Warlords: The Failed Republic and the Question of China’s Future,” by Kate Merkel-Hess, assistant professor of history and Asian studies, Monday, December 2, 11:45 a.m., 127 Moore Building. Lecture is part of the Resident Scholars and Artists Lecture Series.

For more information on lectures and events, visit


All-College Meeting and Holiday Reception
The College of Arts and Architecture’s Winter 2013 All-College Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 10, at 2:00 p.m. at the Nittany Lion Inn, in Ballroom C, with a holiday reception following in Ballrooms D, E until 5:00 p.m. If you plan to attend the reception, please reply via the online form at to ensure adequate food and beverages are available. If you are attending the meeting only and NOT the reception, no reply is necessary.

In addition to the Staff Spotlight Award presentation and recognition of years of service by faculty and staff members, the meeting will include a presentation by faculty member Ann Clements on her CIC MOOC project, and a presentation by students Matt Kenney and David Lydon on their StudioLab project.

Staff Advisory Council Seeking Nominations for Spotlight Award
Nominations are being accepted by the College's Staff Advisory Council for the Staff Spotlight Award that honors College of Arts and Architecture staff members who go above and beyond their normal routines in resolving difficult dilemmas or who have been exceptionally creative and responsive to the needs of others.

The Staff Spotlight Award was created to honor "staff stars" in the College, and the Staff Advisory Council aims to honor those staff members who regularly see potential in others, go the extra mile in a specific situation, and simply make life better for those around them.

Each nomination is considered on its own merit with no comparisons among nominees. With the College's large group of talented staff, examples of those who foster a more caring and thoughtful atmosphere are abundant.  One (1) honoree will be selected.  An electronic nomination form may be found on the Staff Advisory Council website at The deadline for nominations is November 18, 2013.  The honoree will be recognized at the December All-College Meeting, receiving a certificate and $500.



Focus Groups for Email and Calendaring Task Force
The University’s Information Technology Leadership Council has created an Email and Calendaring Task Force, which will be conducting several focus groups to collect information from users about their email and calendaring needs. Individuals are encouraged to participate in one of the focus group sessions. They would like as much input as possible.

The focus group schedule is as follows:
November 18, 4:00 p.m. - University Park (Bryce Jordan Center, Room E)
November 20, time TBA – Beaver
November 22, 9:00 a.m. - University Park (Bryce Jordan Center, Room E)
December 2, 12:00 p.m. - Abington (@611)

If you have questions, contact Scott Lindsay, core services manager, 814-863-1885,

Nominations Sought for Humanitarian Service Award
The Forum on Black Affairs (FOBA) is seeking nominations for its 2014 Humanitarian Service Award, to be presented at the 39th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet, Wednesday, January 15th, in President's Hall at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This award was created in 1985 to honor a person who has provided outstanding service to African-American citizens of Pennsylvania, especially at Penn State and in the Centre County region. Such service includes leadership of offices, programs or organizations that develop or implement policies impacting African-Americans.

Nominations must be sent no later than December 6, 2013 to Alan Payne, Research Engineer, 1400D Applied Science Building, University Park, PA  16802.  For more information, contact Payne at  (814)

ITS Offers Electronic Security Workshop Series
Penn State’s Information Technology Services and Security Operations are offering a free monthly “Security Series” of workshops for all faculty, staff and students. Each workshop is offered at 3:30 p.m. either face-to-face in 508 Rider Building or via a Meeting@PennState desktop videoconference.

The November session, “Protecting our Identity and Safeguarding our Information,” will be presented by Matt Soccio and Nick Roy, Tuesday, November 19, 2013. The session is intended for a non-technical/general audience.

Each month, topics will alternate between those of interest to a general audience and those targeted to IT professionals. The series is designed to help a general audience gain a better understanding of safe computing and how to protect their personal and professional online information and identities. IT professionals will learn how to apply specific technology-based security solutions to their network infrastructures.

To learn more about each workshop and to register, click here.


Karen Keifer-Boyd, professor of art education and women’s studies, has co-authored a book, Including Difference: A Communitarian Approach to Art Education in the Least Restrictive Environment, published by the National Art Education Association.

Marissa McClure, visiting assistant professor of art education, has published an article, “The Monster and Lover<3Girl: Mapping Complex Relations in Preschool Children’s Digital Video Productions,” in Studies in Art Education, 2013, 55(1), pp. 18-34.

The following faculty and Ph.D. candidates in art education presented papers at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Cincinnati, November 9, 2013:
- Karen Keifer-Boyd, professor of art education and women’s studies: Bridging Feminist Archives for Future Arts-based Collaborative Activism
- Yen-Ju Lin: Building a Virtual House for Archival Interconnectivity
- Laura Sapelly: Sewing Circle Metaphors of Pedagogy
- Ann Holt: Archival Experiences in Teaching Conversations.

Helen O’Leary, professor of art, is participating in Lacuna, at Taylor Galleries, Dublin, Ireland, through November 30, 2013.

NOTE:  Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next issue will be on Friday, December 6, 2013.

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New Hires

~ Melissa Williams, administrative support assistant, Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, started November 6, 2013.


November 13, 2013
Music Education Faculty Awarded Grant to Develop Collaborative MOOC

November 13, 2013
Art History Graduate Student Receives International Award

November 8, 2013
Auditions Announced for Penn State Opera’s Spring Performance of Pirates of Penzance

November 7, 2013
Assigned Seating Takes Over Borland Gallery

November 5, 2013
Landscape Architecture Undergraduate Program Ranked Number One

November 4, 2013
Faculty Cellist Kim Cook to Perform Nov. 10 Recital

November 1, 2013
Glee Club to Present Annual Fall Concert on November 9

November 1, 2013
First-Year Architecture Studio Costume Parade